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Which drivers crushed the official paddock quiz this year? - F1's Grill the Grid highlights driver personalities

Published by Christine

For the 2016 season, Formula One Management have been publishing some excellent videos filmed in various Grand Prix paddocks. Mostly, the videos are additional content for their timing and news app, but they also release them on YouTube for the wider audience. It's a small step in the direction we want F1 to take, releasing more insight into driver personalities, but they did a really good job this year, so it's worth celebrating their efforts.

My personal favourite was the Grill the Grid feature, where almost all of the drivers were put to the test and quizzed on the history of their team, their own results and the performance of their teammates. These are some tricky questions, and I can only answer one or two per video, but the boys naturally do a much better job. I've gathered together links to the videos here alongside the leaderboard table, so you can see who did the best job in the paddock.

Grill the Grid 2016
Daniil Kvyat10
Jolyon Palmer10
Carlos Sainz10
Jenson Button8
Esteban Gutiérrez8
Kevin Magnussen8
Felipe Massa8
Pascal Wehrlein8
Max Verstappen7.5
Kimi Räikkönen7
Daniel Ricciardo7
Romain Grosjean6
Felipe Nasr6
Sergio Pérez6
Rio Haryanto5
Marcus Ericsson4.5
Fernando Alonso4
Nico Hülkenberg4
Nico Rosberg4

Notably, there are four drivers missing from this list, including Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. I can see this not really being up Hamilton's street, but I'm surprised Vettel didn't get a chance to answer any questions. Valtteri Bottas also doesn't appear to have been quizzed, whilst Esteban Ocon missed out presumably due to only appearing halfway through the season.

There were a couple of videos that stood out more than others for me, the first being Jolyon Palmer's incredible score. If I'm honest, he hasn't really done anything to interest me this year but I realise now he's got some intense F1 knowledge in that head of his.

And on the flip side to that, Fernando Alonso's score is absolutely awful - considering how long he's been in the sport and how much he's seen along the way!

Although it is a decent step that Formula One Management upload these videos to YouTube, they actively go out of their way to prevent other sites, including this one, from embedding them. Still such a long, long way to go.